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Fire hurts cat, cause undetermined

Evanston fire investigators say the cause of an extra alarm fire at an apartment building Sunday is still under investigation.


Evanston fire investigators say the cause of an extra alarm fire at an apartment building Sunday is still under investigation.

Fire Division Chief Tom Janetske says crews responded to 911 reports of smoke in the building at 2527-2529 Jackson Ave., about 11:40 a.m. Sunday.

He says they found heavy smoke in the basement and first floors.

The building was safely evacuated and no human injuries were reported, but a cat suffered smoke inhalation and was resuscitated by firefighters on the scene using a special oxygen mask designed for animals. The cat was later returned to its owner.

Fire damage was limited to the basement, but smoke damage forced displacement of several residents from the building. Fire and police officials worked with the American Red Cross to help those displaced find temporary housing. Residents of the unaffected areas of the building returned home later that afternoon.

Janetske said it took about an hour to completely extinguish the fire, and units from neighboring towns were called in to help fight the blaze and overhaul equipment. He says damage to the building is estimated at $100,000.

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